Fatal Bike Hit-And-Run Leads to Arrest
A bicycle hit-and-run in the early morning of March 30 resulted in the death of the bicyclist and now the driver of the vehicle that hit her has been arrested.
Sgt Bill palmer of the Minneapolis Police states that officers responded to a call around 2:15 a.m. stating that someone had been injured. The individuals who called 911 said that the victim was Elyse Mary Stern, 28, who was severely injured and that the offending vehicle had fled.
When officers arrived at the scene, it was obvious that a female bicyclist had died on the scene.
Witnesses were able to give officers a description of the vehicle involved in the car-bicycle accident, which was found just minutes later. Officers said that Stern was riding east on Lake Street while the driver of the car was traveling west. Somehow they crossed paths. He drove off, but not before someone was able to get a good look at the vehicle.
Witnesses described the vehicle as having a considerable amount of damage and was said to be a green Monte Carlo. This description led to the vehicle being found within 10 minutes and it was found on Franklin Ave. East and Bloomington Ave. South. This resulted in the arrest of Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco, 27.
The driver did show signs of intoxication at the time of his arrest, so he was processed for DWI.
Now, Hernandez-Campoceco is being held. The charges include DWI and criminal vehicular operation. It is very possible that he really didn’t see Stern.
It was said in the report that Stern was not wearing a helmet and that the bicycle did not possess the proper lighting equipment.
Palmer said that the accident serves as a lesson for cyclists that they need to be proactive when biking at night and any time of the day. The bikes should have the right lighting equipment and bicyclists should wear helmets.